Projects at Work
  • Teams

    Why Small Teams Win

    - by Rich Karlgaard (April 16, 2014)

    Size isn’t everything. If it takes more than two pizzas to feed your project team, it could be a good indicator that the team is too large. Here are eight compelling reasons why 8-to-12-person groups more often lead to higher productivity and performance. Plus: 12 tips for creating and nurturing these two-pizza teams.

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  • Knowledge-Sharing

    Better Brainstorming

    - by Vicki Wrona, PMP (March 19, 2014)

    Many project leaders and teams believe brainstorming is a waste of time and doesn’t produce meaningful results. Maybe they aren’t doing it right. A variation called reverse brainstorming can help, focusing on the quality over quantity of ideas. Here’s advice on achieving better outcomes from both techniques.

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  • Leadership

    Lights! Camera! Action!

    - by Dr. Erick Lauber (February 26, 2014)

    Leadership training often calls upon military or sports metaphors, but project teams are not about hierarchy or adrenaline-fueled speeches. A more apt analogy can be found in the highly-skilled, collaborative environment of film-making. Here is a director’s take on vision and goal-setting, measuring and feedback, and communication.

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Agile

The Agile Thermocline

- by James Buchanan (April 21, 2014)

The higher levels of an organization often struggle to keep track of the work they direct. A different set of obligations keeps them out of the day-to-day work and challenges project teams face. When adopting Agile, this gap can become even larger due to a separation of leadership values from team values.

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Reporting

Prevent Watermelon Projects

- by Bart Gerardi (April 8, 2014)

Watermelon projects are superficially green on the outside — everything looks fine on the status dashboard. But dig inside and they are bleeding red. So when traditional reporting metrics fail, how do you identify these watermelons and prevent them from growing? Here are three better measures that can help.

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TOP CONTRIBUTORS

Dave Prior

Agile Consultant, BigVisible Solutions
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